Cubs to host head-shaving event for cancer awareness

Maddon, team will help raise money for pediatric cancer

Cubs to host head-shaving event for cancer awareness

MESA, Ariz. -- Joe Maddon and the Cubs will host an event in which they will shave their heads at Sloan Park next Sunday to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

Maddon first tweeted about the event on Saturday -- "Join us for our first ever #RespectBald fundraiser 3/22 and help raise money for pediatric cancer research and support. #LetsGive" -- and expounded upon it Sunday.

We have great hair on this team and great hearts, which is why we are shaving our heads for pediatric cancer research 3/22. #LetsGive

- Joe Maddon (@CubsJoeMadd) March 15, 2015

He said the event, "Respect Bald," is a spinoff of a similar event he had while with the Rays ("Fortune Favors the Bald") in which staff members and players shave their heads for cancer awareness. All money raised at the event will go to benefit pediatric cancer victims.

"We do have some great hair on this team, including mine," Maddon said. "But it's going to have to go away."

Maddon said the plan is for staff and players to sit on the concourse at Sloan Park, and for local stylists to come and shave their heads. There will be local kids, parents and grandparents who have been affected by cancer on hand.

"A lot of these guys have kids or almost every one of us knows someone that's been impacted by the disease," Maddon said. "It's really amazing when you sit out there and do that, even if one person suffering from cancer comes up to you and says thank you, that one thank you makes it all worthwhile.

"It's always about raising awareness and getting more people involved and hopefully eventually getting to the point where this thing goes away."

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.